Special Press Briefing and Release of 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 9, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver opening remarks on the release of the State Department’s 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Thursday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. Assistant Secretary Michael Posner from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor will follow the Secretary’s remarks and respond to reporters’ questions. This event, which will be held in the State Department’s press briefing room (Room 2209), will be on camera and on the record.

Advance Viewing of the Embargoed Report
Access instructions for embargoed access of the report will be available on Thursday, March 11 at 10 a.m. in the State Department’s Press Office (Room 2109). The entire report is EMBARGOED until the end of the press briefing, approximately 12 p.m.

Press who attend this briefing should arrive at the 23rd Street entrance and must present either (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport). Press should allow adequate time to process through security and to be in the briefing room 10 minutes before the briefing.

Electronic Access to the Report via Internet
The full text of the report will be available for downloading from the State Department web site at: 2009-2017.state.gov as soon as possible after the briefing on March 11. The press briefing itself will be available via live video streaming on the state.gov web site as well.

Book Form
Copies of the full report will be sold at a later date by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC 20402; telephone 202-512-1800; fax 202-512-2250.

Press Contacts
For more information on this event, contact: Helaena White, Public Affairs Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, (202) 647-1442 or the Office of Press Relations, (202) 647-2492.

PRN: 2010/276